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Five Bob Cafe - forest and farm walks

Five Bob Cafe is located at Birchs Bay, on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, a 50-minute (50 km) drive south of Hobart, just past Woodbridge. Cafe is open Thursday to Sunday, 11am - 4pm and selected public holidays and features produce from the farm's kitchen garden and native food ingredients. The menu changes regularly, dependent upon what is available seasonally and almost everything is made in-house. Bookings are highly recommended. The property produces a significant proportion of Australia's native pepper crop, which is grown, dried and packaged at the farm and sold under the Diemen Pepper label. Products include packaged berries and leaf, tapas oils, vinegar and a range of native bush spices such as lemon and anise myrtle, wattleseed and bush tomato. The farm also grows Dutch iris for the mainland market and has recently planted a 2ha vineyard. The farm hosts not-for-profit group 'Art Farm Birchs Bay' which runs art-based community events on the property and an annual Sculpture Prize, in which 20-30 sculptural installations are positioned along the walks and in a small gallery. Prize runs from March to July, but acquired pieces adorn the walks for year-round interest - the trail is open all year.

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Flinders Island Adventures

Flinders Island Adventures offer fishing, four wheel drive, walking and customised tours across the island. Flinders Island is the largest of 52 granite islands situated in eastern Bass Strait between Tasmania and mainland Australia. Climb aboard the 10m luxury cruiser 'Strait Lady' to experience game fishing or the Mutton Bird sunset cruise tour. You may wish to venture to the Furneaux Group outer islands, ideal for multi-day bushwalks. Shorter guided walks on Flinders island are an ideal way to view wildflowers and Bass Strait birds. Experience surf fishing or hop into a four wheel drive for a full or half day off-road adventure. You can also arrange customised corporate and general tours, tailored to fit your group complete with a crayfish lunch.

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Flinders Island Aviation Services

Flinders Island Aviation Services operates from Lady Barron on Flinders Island and Bridport in North East Tasmania. We operate an aircraft fleet of 2 GA8 Airvans a Cessna 206 and 172 providing a daily mail and freight service between Bridport and Lady Barron as well as charter services to any airport in Australia.

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Flinders Island Bakery

The Flinders Island Bakery sells a wide range of on-site baked goods & fresh sandwiches & cakes from the shop located in Whitemark. Make sure you try one of our famous Wallaby Pie's. Open Monday to Friday and every second Saturday, the Bakery also provides catering for big and small events. eftpos available.

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Flinders Island Gourmet Retreat at Cooma House Cooking School

We offer in-house cooking schools - hands on and/or demonstrations in a light filled commercial teaching kitchen at a luxury guesthouse where we can cater for private functions too. Seasonal cooking schools of two nights accommodation with all meals and a day of hands-on school are offered. Minimum numbers apply or book the whole accommodation for your getaway for a wedding, special party or group activity. Make pasta from scratch or curries-not-from-a-jar. Make jams or relishes from seasonal surplus garden produce. Your host and owner, Wendy Jubb Stoney is a trained teacher with a background of cooking with some of Australia's best chefs. Indulge yourself with meals using produce from the garden and the local environment. Sit at the century-old dining table and enjoy being served, matched with something from the cellar. Visiting the website shows upcoming events including cooking schools by Wendy or local and visiting chefs. Stay a few days and do a tour. It is a luxury guesthouse with 5 guest rooms and en-suites with separate toilet. Rooms have bespoke furnishings and artworks. The sitting rooms, library, open fire, north facing courtyard and views to the sea all offer peace and harmony in whatever season.

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Force 10 Fishing Charters

At Force 10 Fishing Charters in Tasmania's south East coast, your experience will be both rewarding and fun. Nothing satisfies the crew more than being able to give their clients the ability to thoroughly enjoy their time on the outstanding waters of the spectacular Tasmanian coastline. Whether it is a corporate or group booking or a one-on-one charter, Force 10 Fishing Charters offer the perfect experience. To help you plan your charter you should book according to the fish you wish to catch. Force 10 offer a range of fishing options from deep sea to bay and game fishing. To see what times of the year are suitable for your fishing preferences, visit Force 10's website for all the answers. Departure point is from the Pirates Bay Jetty, Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman peninsula. Force 10's charters go to a variety of locations on the South East coast offering a great fishing experience every time. Prices vary depending on the type of charter you require starting at AUD250 per person to 300 per person. Their boat is 2 C AMSA Survey and can carry groups up to of 10 people.

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Frank's Cider House and Cafe

Frank's Cider House and Cafe is located in the idyllic Huon Valley town of Franklin, just 40 minutes’ drive south of Hobart, overlooking the Huon River. Free tastings of Frank's multi award winning ciders, complement the Huon Valley country style menu full of locally grown produce. Prepare to feast on seasonal delicacies such as smoked salmon from the pristine Huon River, and fresh Tasmanian scallops. Seasonal fruits are the focus of the dessert menu, with cider featured in many dishes such as Frank's famous apple cider scones. Franks Cider is made from apples and pears grown on the Clark family orchard in Franklin where they have been farming since 1836. Naomie Clark-Port, the families fifth generation apple and pear farmer started making Franks Cider, naming it in honour of her grandfather Frank Clark, which has won National awards and sold Australia wide. Discover the family and regions apple growing history as you wander through their Museum. After lunch take a stroll along the banks of the Huon River and drop into the Wooden Boat Centre or take a cruise along the Huon River.

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Franklin River Rafting

Franklin River Rafting run 8 and 10-day whitewater rafting tours led by guides who have been handpicked for their experience, skill and intimate knowledge of the river. Providing the best equipment, great food and what many have called “the journey-of- a-lifetime” down one of the most beautiful, inspiring and isolated rivers in the world. People have described our 8 and 10-day whitewater rafting tours of the Franklin River as one of the most amazing experiences of their life. Tasmania’s Franklin River provides one of the best expedition rafting tours on the planet. The best way to truly experience its spectacular magic and majesty is on a whitewater rafting tour with Franklin River Rafting. With its clear pure water and even cleaner air, the Franklin is one of the last truly wild rivers running through one of the most undisturbed environments on Earth. And the good news is you don’t need any previous whitewater rafting experience to join us … just a sense of adventure, a love of the outdoors and a basic level of fitness. Franklin River Rafting love this place and are very keen to share this experience with you.

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Freycinet Adventures

Specialising in guided sea kayaking tours, multi-award winning Freycinet Adventures is a family owned and operated business. The Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's east coast, is undeniably Tasmania's greatest destination for sea kayaking. This relaxed, guided sea kayak tour is the ultimate way to experience Freycinet National Park. The contrasts are stunning - pink granite mountains, pristine sandy beaches and blue waters so clear you feel you can touch the marine life below, a true sea kayaking paradise. No experience necessary, suitable for all ages. Tours include morning or afternoon tea break on a secluded beach, experienced guides, double sea kayak, and all equipment is provided. Tours depart daily (morning and twilight) for a duration of three hours (approximately two hours kayaking).

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Freycinet Air

Freycinet Air operates scenic flights over the east coast of Tasmania and specialize in Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park, from Friendly Beaches, near Coles Bay. The company has been operating since 1997 and offers charter and scenic flights in their 4 seat Cessna 172s, 6 seat twin engine Partenavia and now offering Helicopter flights a 5 seat AS350. Freycinet Peninsula is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world with its combination of mountains, forests and white beaches. The best way to experience this amazing but inaccessible location is by taking a scenic flight. All flights provide unparalleled views of the beautiful Wineglass Bay, the Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula. You will also experience the Swan River, Schouten Island and miles of unspoilt white sand beaches with turquoise water. You may extend your flight south to Maria Island or along the coast to Swansea and then north to Bicheno. Join us on this once in a life time experience and let Tasmania's natural beauty take your breath away. Freycinet Air flies from Friendly Beaches Airfield, located 18 kilometres north of Coles Bay.

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Hadley's Gallery

EXHIBITION Hadley's Gallery presents an exhibition of artists active in Tasmania during the nineteenth century. The exhibition features reproductions of watercolours and drawings. Colonial artists engaged with the Tasmanian landscape in a variety of ways. The artists featured are John Skinner Prout, Francis Guillemard Simpkinson de Wesselow and Louisa Anne Meredith. COLLABORATION The exhibition presents a selection of reproductions. It offers a glimpse of the collection held by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Close collaboration between TMAG and Hadley's Orient Hotel has facilitated the presentation of this exhibition at Hadley’s Gallery. Due to the delicacy of works on paper, photographic reproduction is the only way that these priceless works can remain permanently on display. We are proud of our partnership with TMAG and encourage all visitors to Hobart to explore. Their extraordinary collections and exhibitions are housed at Davey Street and Dunn Place. VISIT Hadley's Gallery is open to house guests and visitors from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm daily. Admission is free. Gallery Brochures are available for $2 each from reception. On occasion, the gallery space is booked for private events and is therefore closed to the public, these times will be listed on this page

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Harmony Day Launceston

Join the different community groups as they showcase their traditional cuisines and a range of multi-cultural performances for Harmony Day Launceston 2019. Harmony Day celebrates what we all have in common and reinforces the importance of inclusiveness in our community. Come along to this free, family-friendly celebration and sample delicious food from around the world. This year's event will also feature traditional dance and musical performances and free children's activities. When: Thursday, 21st March 2019 Time: 3pm - 8pm Where: Civic Square, Launceston. No BYO alcohol permitted. Feel free to bring along a chair or picnic rug. This event is brought to you by: Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tas. | City of Launceston Official | Cityprom - Launceston Central City

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Harmony Hill Health Retreat

A private health retreat set on 42 acre property 30 minutes from Hobart specialising in multi-day wellness retreats. We provide world class Ayurvedic therapies, healthy spa cuisine, gentle exercise, luxury accommodation with spa bath in 2 villas, sauna, peace & tranquility. We offer five night six days health retreat package which offer two daily massage, meditation class and three healthy detox meals. For 5 day retreats, we arrange return transfers to Hobart airport. We use only Harmony Harvest certified organic products. Relax and enjoy the beautiful natural environment we share with the native animals and birds.

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Hartz Mountains National Park

The Hartz Mountains at the southern end of the Huon Valley are part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. A range of walking tracks lead through subalpine woodlands to ice-carved crags, lakes and alpine moorlands. On clear days there are superb views east to the sea and west into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Waratah Walk takes just a few minutes to reach a lookout with sweeping forest views. The Arve Falls Walk takes you through alpine fields and woodlands to the edge of a plateau overlooking waterfalls and the valley below. There are no camping facilities at the park but camping is allowed 500 metres from any road. Day facilities are basic, with a toilet, running water and a picnic shelter near the entrance to the Waratah Lookout track with an open fireplace, gas barbecue and tables. A range of commercial accommodation can be found in any of the towns in the Huon Valley, including Huonville, Geeveston and Southport. The weather can change suddenly at any time of year, so be prepared for cold conditions, even in summer.

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Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market

Operating from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm, at 71 Cimitiere Street, this authentic farmers’ market has established itself as a signature weekly event where the community gathers to shop, share a coffee and feast on a diverse array of local offerings, dictated only by the colour palette of Tasmania’s four distinct seasons. Think of the blackness of fresh truffles, handmade pasta and pink smoked salmon, artisan sourdough loaves and pastries, the glorious colours of seasonal vegetables such as zucchini blossoms and heirloom tomatoes, the air scented with bunches of basil, freshly pressed olive oil, hand picked asparagus, plump apples and pears to the reds of the freshest berries or a cold climate pinot noir or riesling wine. Depending on the month of the year, this is just a small sample of what Tasmanian producers, the farmers, bakers, fishermen, growers, jam and pickle makers, winemakers and brewers bring from their paddocks, orchards, cellars and kitchens to transform an inner city car park into a bustling farmers’ market.

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Harvest Launceston Farmers' Market

Every Saturday morning in the heart of the Tamar Valley, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market brightens a quiet inner city car park and brings the farm gate to you. Meet the farmers, connect with locals and feast your eyes on baskets brimming with Tasmania's freshest seasonal produce, ethical meat and fish, local dairy, artisan bread and pastries, bright summer berries or blushing autumn apples. Savour a locally roasted coffee and taste your way around our foodie State at this vibrant weekly event before collecting a myriad of premium produce, cool-climate wines, artisan ciders and home-made preserves for the journey home. Awarded Australia's Most Outstanding Farmers Market by ABC Delicious Magazine in 2013. Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8.30am until 12.30pm at 71 Cimitiere Street (car park opposite Albert Hall), Launceston.

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Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs in the Huon Valley (Southern Trove) is a 90-minute drive south of Hobart. Formed millions of years ago, the dolomite cave is one of two show caves found in Australia. Guided tours are available with a Parks and Wildlife Service guide. You will discover spectacular subterranean formations including flowstone, stalactites, columns, shawls, straws, stalagmites and the unusual helictites. The cave is spacious there are no narrow passages. Each way inside the cave are 250 stairs, all equipped with handrails. Opening hours and cave tour times vary throughout the year, so we recommend you check times before arrival. You must arrive at the Hastings Visitor Centre 20 - 30 minutes prior to your tour. This is where you purchase tickets for cave tours or the thermal springs reserve. You can swim in the thermal swimming pool, fed by thermal spring water. The pool temperature is a tepid 28 degrees Celsius; outdoor temperature is often very cool. Forest and ferns with picnic/barbecue areas surround the pool, change room amenities are next to the pool. Light snacks and souvenirs are available in the Visitor Centre.

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Hellyer Gorge picnic area

Make your way via Hellyer Gorge for a spectacular scenic route to the West Coast or Cradle Mountain. The windy route and steep cliffs make for a jaw-dropping wilderness drive, and is a favourite route for bike riders and touring cars. The welcoming canopy of rainforest provides a spectacular picnic spot along the banks of the Hellyer River. There are toilet and barbecue facilities, and the picnic area is the starting point for two short walks: the River Walk and the Old Myrtle Forest Walk. From Wynyard, take a 30-minute drive via Mount Hicks Road to Yolla where the road joins the Murchison Highway. Follow this through Hellyer Gorge and on to the historic town of Waratah, the iconic Cradle Mountain or the wild West Coast.

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Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve

Australia's only orchid reserve, this site is renowned for the diversity of native terrestrial orchids. Some of the orchids are listed as rare and endangered species. Some are not only endemic to the state of Tasmania, but to the local area. Take Railton Rd (B13) about 5 minutes' drive south from Latrobe. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes. The reserve does not have any public facilities and there are no entry fees to pay. Some 43 species have been recorded within the reserve, varying from the tall 60cm tall Hyacinth orchid Dipodium roseum, a leafless saprophyte that appears annually in early summer, to the tiny 2cm Winter Helmet orchids Corybas species. Recent taxonomic review into the Genus Caladenia by the Centre for Plant Biodiversity, Australian National Botanical Gardens in Canberra, has resulted in the discovery of a new species, Robust Finger orchid, Petalochilus tonellii, named after the reserve founder and Hon. Warden Peter Tonelli.

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Highfield Historic Site

Highfield Historic Site offers a historically accurate vision of a gentleman's home and farm of the 1830s. It sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with views across to Stanley, The Nut and Bass Strait beyond. The house is being restored over time and its elegant Regency design, convict barracks, barns, stables, and a chapel are surrounded by a large ornamental garden. Edward Curr, the chief agent of the Van Diemen's Land Company, started construction in 1832, and later additions were made by John Lee Archer. The VDL settlement began in 1826 on 350,000 acres granted under Royal Charter by George IV. Today, the original farm has reduced and covers around five acres, which is open to visitors daily from 0930 - 1630 from 1 September to 31 May. During June, July and August the site is open Monday to Friday. The site is also available as a venue for weddings, meetings and artists in residence. School groups and coach groups are also welcome. Highfield is the story of success or tragedy - you decide.

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